Collectors of vintage jewelry are most likely familiar with the term bakelite jewelry. This phenol thermoplastic is one of the most collectible of the vintage plastic family. I have written articles on how to identify bakelite and also the fake plastic which often tries to fool people, fakelite.
Just today I found an interesting You Tube Video on the history of bakelite that you may be interested in viewing. It was made in Amsterdam and is called "Transatlantic Chemistry: Baekland the Inventor of Bakelite."
The video explores the fascinating life story of the Belgian American inventor Leo Henricus Arthur Baekland, his experiments and adventures at the turn of the 20th century, and especially his discovery of Bekelite, the material that conquered the world, and led to a collecting frenzy in the vintage jewelry world.
Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!